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and the internet age. at the center of this is a notre dame football player named manti te'o, a star linebacker, runner up for the heisman and a big part of his dramatic back story was the death of his girlfriend of leukemia until this report surfaced that there was no girlfriend. she was an internet invention. te'o says he's the victim of a hoax. notre dame is standing behind him. there are still a whole lot of questions here. nbc's john yang is with us from south bend, indiana tonight. john, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. today manti te'o was out of sight, he's at a florida sports center, preparing for what he hopes is an nfl career. that as the story that is the centerpiece of his fairy tale final college year has collapsed around him. >> manti te'o! >> reporter: manti te'o was a college football hero, not just to the home crowd here at notre dame, but to fans across the country. hailed on the cover of "sports illustrated" as a star player who had triumphed over personal tragedy. in a single september day, he said, he lost both his grandmother and his girlfriend, recently di
. >>> speaking out, the latest from the all-american linebacker caught up in a bizarre girlfriend hoax. manti te'o answers the question, was he part of it? >>> and fighting autism, intriguing research on the disorder that's confounded so many families for so long. tonight, new evidence in why early diagnosis and intervention may be crucial. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening from washington on the eve of president obama's second inauguration, much more on that in a few moments, but we start overseas tonight where it appears a dramatic military assault has finally ended that violent hostage taking but al qaeda-connected militants in algeria, but not before two dozen or so hostages were killed. the dead include at least one american, but a number of westerners remain unaccounted for tonight. in a statement this evening, president obama said the dead and injured are in the thoughts and prayers of the american people. algerian military special forces staged the dramatic assault at the gas complex where hundreds of local and foreign workers were seized on wednesday. 32 mil
girlfriend, after all. our report tonight from nbc's john yang on the notre dame campus. >> reporter: manti te'o says he grew to care deeply about his girlfriend, developing an emotional bond. at various interviews, he told of how she endured cancer treatments. >> can we say a prayer. >> reporter: how she comforted him after his grandmother died. >> the last thing she said was i love you. >> reporter: he told reporters they had known each other about two years before making it official. all through online and phone conversations. the only face he saw was online. it now appears that face had nothing to do with the person he was communicating with. ever since the story of te'o's imaginary girlfriend broke, there is one big question. how could anyone have a close relationship with a person they never met in person and never really exited. >> it could be incredible. it could be a letdown. >> reporter: it's called catfishing, a social media phenomenon where people create false identities and lure others into a relationship, many of them serious and long-lasting. >> how come you've been pretendin
story playing out in this country involving manti te'o, the all-american notre dame linebacker who was apparently caught up in an online romantic hoax. te'o told espn he was the victim, not part of the hoax. nbc's mike taibbi has the latest tonight. >> manti te'o! [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: in his first interview since the scandal broke manti te'o told espn's jeremy schaap, no, never ever was he part of the fake girlfriend hoax that exploded to his embarrassment this week. >> he was completely composed, self-assured. >> reporter: te'o told schaap he did tell his father and other interviewers that he'd met the girl he now says he only knew online since late in his freshman year so they wouldn't think he was some crazy dude for calling her his girlfriend. by this past fall when te'o played on amp saying that his grandmother and beloved girlfriend died on the same day, the imaginary girlfriend and tragic death had achieved the status of lure. >> when i lost my girlfriend and my grandmother that was possibly the hardest time in my life. >> reporter: te'o told schaap he suspec
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